The first Polymer apprentices to pass through the doors of one of the UK’s leading plastic training providers celebrated the end of 30 months of training at a special awards ceremony in Telford this month.

The group of six young people, who completed their programme at the Polymer Training and Innovation Centre (PTIC), were presented with their certificates by City of Wolverhampton College’s Contracts & Employer Responsive Manager Graham Taylor.

The cohort had spent 18 months studying for their Diplomas in Polymer Manufacturing Technologies and Polymer Composite Operations while working at manufacturers across the region.

Apprentice George Holland, age 24, was delighted to be promoted to Machine Setter at One Plastics Group as a result of the programme.

 He said: “I thought a Polymer Apprenticeship was a good opportunity to help me advance and progress through the company. I’ve learnt a lot and would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone because you learn so many new skills in different areas.”

Polymer (Plastics) Instructor Graham Pickwell: “It’s been two and a half years since we started this programme and these learners are now leaving us with not just their qualifications, but with hands on experience that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their careers.

“I am sure they will be an asset to their employers’ businesses.”

To find out more about the PTIC and how they can help your business call the Employer Service team on 01902 837163 or email

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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